Posted by Raquel Rivera
Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs. – Ansel Adams
After our discussion with Karen Mitchell it really got me thinking about how photography adds to news coverage. We hear about all of these terrible acts towards human kind and we feel a sense of sadness when reading about it, but the second we see a picture is when those feelings become real. Reading about a Syrian man holding the bloody body of his son, killed by the Syrian Army is different than seeing it. Photographer: Manu Brabo, puslished in LENS, a digital publication of Photography in New York Times
Do you think articles about war, abuse, drugs or anything of that sort would be as affective as if photographs weren’t used? Do photographs affect you more than words?
“In an era when photography has become an inseparable part of our lives, and accessible to all, it is important to contemplate its moral and political significance,” said Israeli photojournalist, Alex Levac.
Photography can be a very gray area, especially when it comes to knowing when to puclish a photo and when not to. Was it ethical to get an award for the above picture, capturing a moment so personal and publishing it for the world to see? Where do we draw the line of what should be published and what shouldn’t be? Just like the photographs of the woman being abused we talked about. Would that story have been as affective if we hadn’t seen the pictures of it?
Photojournalism ethics, just as in any other profession, are tricky and there are no right or wrong answers. Every situation could be a potential ethical danger.
For example, the question of ethics came up about a photo taken moments after a man was pushed onto subway tracks, and moments before he was hit and killed by an oncoming train.
The photographer, R. Umar Abbasi, said the photography was taken accidentally, he was flashing his camera light at the driver to warn him that someone was on the tracks. The picture was then used on the front page of New York Post. Ethical?
“ Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but to see quickly how to make them good. ”- Bertolt Brecht